What to Know
- Edna Pierre-Jacques, 78, was found dead in her East Flatbush home on Monday night
- Sources said her daughter and granddaughter found her and that her husband was home at the time
- All three family members were questioned at an NYPD stationhouse Tuesday; no arrests have been made
A 78-year-old woman found dead with head trauma at her Brooklyn home earlier this week died of manual strangulation, the medical examiner's office said Wednesday.
Police initially had thought Edna Pierre-Jacques may have been beaten with a hammer after sources familiar with the investigation said they discovered one near her bloodied body in the East Flatbush home Monday night.
It wasn't clear if Pierre-Jacques sustained the head injuries in a fall or a beating -- or if the hammer had been used in an attack -- but the medical examiner has ruled her death a homicide.
The dead woman's family was questioned in her death Tuesday, but no arrests have been made. Sources said her daughter and granddaughter found her body, and that her husband was at the Troy Avenue home at the time.
It wasn't immediately known if police had been called to the home in the past.